RESTORATION OF HONOUR SERIES (1):
God Values People
∑ 3 needs that people have - self worth, significance and purpose
∑ Great area of pain that all people experience at some time:
a) †I am of no value
b) †What I do is of no value
∑ Cry in every personís heart is to be valued.
∑ Sin devalues us;† people can devalue us - ignore, take for granted.† World devalues people and discards them.
2. †HONOUR IS ESSENTIAL TO DEVELOPING AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS
††††††††††† Rom. 1:21† Steps of deterioration in relationship with God.
∑ Dishonour - ungrateful - become proud and selfish - relationship deteriorates.
∑ First evidence of dishonour is ingratitude, take for granted.
∑ Whenever take God/people for granted and fail to express gratitude and appreciate them we dishonour them.
∑ E.g. children fail to thank mother and take for granted - dishonour.
∑ Relationships deteriorate without honour.
∑ Relationships are built and strengthened when we honour and value each other.
∑ The Bible is full of commands to honour.
3. †UNDERSTANDING WHAT HONOUR IS
∑ Honour Definition = recognition of a personís worth by attitudes and actions appropriate to that value.
∑ Honour† †††† (5092 Strongs NT) = Value, money paid, price
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (3513 Strongs OT) = Glory, weighty, rich
(3366 Strongs OT) = Valuable, precious, prized, something rare.
∑ To honour someone is to value them and give them a place of value in your life.
∑ Dishonour † (819 Strongs NT) = Despise, remove value, make nothing of
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (3639 Strongs OT) = To insult, wound
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (5034 Strongs OT) = Despise, wither, lightly value.
∑ People are dishonoured when we treat them of no value, despise or look down on them and refuse to make them welcome.
∑ Rom. 14:1 - 4† ďReceiveĒ = (4355 Strongs) = To admit to friendship and hospitality.
∑ We are to receive and welcome people because God has accepted them.
∑ We are to receive and welcome people just as Christ accepted us (Rom. 15:7).
∑ Despise = 819 Make nothing of
∑ Judge = 2919 To try and condemn.
4. †HONOUR IS VITAL TO PRESERVING UNITY
1 Cor. 12:23 - 26† Honour is vital to preserving relationship and unity in the church which is Godís family.
∑ Some parts are more visible, others are not.† Each member must be honoured.
∑ We need to honour people who operate unseen, or who seem of less value.
∑ God wants us to honour one another to prevent division.
∑ Schism = (4978 Strongs) - split, gap, tear in a garment, to sever.
∑ Honour nourishes peoples spirit - they feel valued as a person.
∑ When people are dishonoured - they are wounded, hurt and react by striving, fighting, withdrawal and division.
∑ Attitude of honour must be accompanied by words/actions.
∑ Note - NZ - Tall poppy syndrome/crab syndrome.
∑ Crabs in pot - none escape - pulled down by the rest.
∑ NZ find hard to honour - prefer to attack, find fault, criticise.
∑ Why?† Roots of rejection and envy cf Moses & Korah Num. 16:3;† Ps 106:16.
∑ 1 Cor 12:26 - One honoured - all should rejoice, be happy with e.g. pay rise, new car, blessing, promotion.
5. †GOD VALUES PEOPLE
i) We are created in His image - spirit beings (Gen. 1:26)
ii) He has purposed to share government of all (Gen. :27) His
creation with man.
iii) †He desires a family in the image of His Son (Rom. 8:28 - 29).
b) †How has God demonstrated the value He places on us?
i) The Price - He went to extraordinary lengths to purchase us back.
∑ Jn 3:16 - 17 God so loved - gave His only Son
∑ 1 Pet. 1:18 - 19 Redeemed by precious Blood of Christ.
ii) The Pursuit - He actively seeks us raising up people to pray, reach out, share His Love, persevere through our reactions.
∑ Lk 19:10 Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.
∑ Mt. 28:19 Go ye - mandate to the church,, its mission.
iii) †His Presence - He is willing to make His residence in a house that is full of decay, corruption, cobwebs, spiders.
∑ 1 Cor. 3:16 Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit
iv) His Power - He is willing to release His power &provision on our behalf to meet our needs.
∑ Heb. 4:16 Come boldly to throne of grace obtain mercy and grace to help.
∑ Rom. 8:32 - Freely gives us all things.
6. †HOW CAN WE RESPOND TO GODíS LOVE AND VALUE?
∑ Honour Him by giving the highest place and value in our life.
∑ Hate sin - value His holiness
∑ Express gratitude - Value what He has done
∑ Daily time with God - Value His presence
∑ Submit your plans - Value His direction
∑ Obey His voice - Value His family
∑ Friendship with Lost - Value His purpose and priority.
∑ Donít attempt to cover all the questions
∑ Pray about what areas need to be emphasised
∑ Discover what areas of Sundayís message:
††††† -were new and challenging
††††† -really stirred them
††††† -bought a reaction
1. †Share an experience where you felt taken for granted or devalued.† How did it affect you.
2. †Share an experience where you expressed value or gratitude to someone - How did it affect them?
3. †Read Rom. 1:21 - 26.†† What happens in people when they refuse to honour and thank God?† What kind of changes can occur?
4. †Read Rom. 14:1 - 4
∑ Are there people in the church that you have despised or judged (No need to name them!!
∑ What steps could you take to fulfill Godís directives in these verses what steps.
∑ Are there people that you have taken for granted and not appreciated?† Who are they?† What steps could you take to change this.
5. †Discuss the 4 ways God has expressed how much he values you? (Price, Pursuit, Presence, Power).
∑ Have you taken for granted Godís value and love of you?
∑ What steps could you take to value the Lord for who He is and what He has done.